Utopia on the Margins

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2015
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Race Studies, Sexuality Studies

“Utopia on the Margins”

Northeast Modern Language Association

Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016


Utopian discourse has been a powerful tool for disempowered groups to critique the social norms of the present and imagine future equality. Yet recent scholarship has critiqued the limits of utopia itself. This panel will examine utopian, dystopian, and anti-utopian texts by people of color, women, and members of other disempowered groups in order to consider how writers on the margins continue, reimagine, or reject utopian traditions. Papers may address recent fiction or previously overlooked texts that engage with utopian conventions.


Please follow this link to submit 300-word abstracts and a brief bio:


Note that paper titles can be no more than 100 characters (including spaces).


The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2015.


Inquiries about the session should be directed to Kimberly Chabot Davis (Kimberly.davis@bridgew.edu) and Lori Harrison-Kahan (harrislo@bc.edu).

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Lori Harrison-Kahan

English Department

Boston College


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